8 Beauty Products You Should Actually Stop Putting On Your Face

I have a confession: I am a beauty hoarder. I collect beauty products then I do not throw them out when I know I should. And I know I’m not the only one. I know there are a few people out there who are nodding their heads in agreement. If you’re the kind of person who gets upset at the idea of throwing out an old liquid lipstick that you don’t remember when you bought it because there’s some in the tube, you’re in good company.

Hoarding products isn’t just a space issue, it’s a skin care issue if you’re still using all of those old beauty products. As pretty as all of those eyeshadows, lipsticks, and beauty tools may appear, they could actually be pots of germs and bacteria. Spoiler alert: Applying any germy product to your face is never a good thing.

I know that it is hard to throw things away. You spent your hard-earned dollars on those products so you want to make sure you get your full money’s worth, right? However, there comes a time when you need to stop thinking about the money you spent and toss old products. If you have these beauty products kicking around, you should probably stop using them now. Go out and buy some new versions and your skin will thank you.

Scrub Brush Heads

Unfortunately, the majority of scrub brushes aren't meant to be used forever. I know you already paid a lot of money for that brush and now I'm telling you to spend more, but it's what it is best for your skin. If the bristles in your brush are starting to look worn or they're falling out, it's a good sign that it's time to replace the brush head.

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If you're the sort of person who regularly washes their washcloth with their towels, you can probably ignore this one. However, if you're the type of person who has had the same washcloth hanging in the shower for ages and it's started to take on a grayish color and get a weird smell, it might just be in your best interest to get a new one. Just make sure you regularly wash this one, okay?

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Exfoliating Brush/Pads

The same rules apply to these as the ones for scrub brushes and washcloths. Any loofahs or pads or sponges that you use on your face for exfoliating should not be kept in your bathroom forever. This is especially important because you can't *clean* a lot of them the way you can launder a washcloth. You know what I'm going to say about germs... (They're bad for your face.If you didn't know.)

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There are foundations that can actually help improve breakouts, but an expired foundation is going to do nothing good for your complexion. And that includes the ones with acne treatments inside. If your foundation looks like it has started to separate, it has changed color, or it smells different, it's time to hit the drugstore to find a replacement.

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Makeup Applicators That Come With The Product

You know those little eyeshadow brushes that come with your shadow singles? Have you ever thought about cleaning them with your actual makeup brushes? Or have you been using them without giving the idea a second thought? Exactly. TBH, it's good to chuck them anyways because they aren't as good as your full-sized brushes. The same rules apply for included mini lip, cheek, and powder brushes.

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Makeup Sponges

Makeup sponges do have a shelf life. Some of the washable blenders out there last longer than others. However, none of them last for-ev-er. There are only so many times you can wash a sponge before it starts showing wear and tear. And if you've never washed your sponges and blenders, toss 'em now and try not to think about how many germs have built up on them from your daily makeup applications.

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Soap Bars

Are you using a bar of soap that seems to have been in your shower forever? It's time for a new one. Just think about all of the germs that bar has probably collected while it sits in that soap dish. Thankfully, bars of soap aren't that expensive.

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Mascara has the shortest shelf life of any makeup product. It's annoying, but you'll probably never finish a tube before it goes bad. If you don't remember when you bought your mascara, toss it. And if it has been three to six months, get ready with the trashcan. If the product has started to dry out or it smells funny, forget dates and toss it away. Old mascaras aren't things you want to mess around with because they can lead to eye infections.

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What products do you find the hardest to throw out? Let us know in the comments!

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